A Heartfelt Thank You to Our Community

Cape Breton University Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence

On this date, June 28, 1974, the College of Cape Breton (CCB) was established, combining the Sydney Campus of St. Francis Xavier University (Xavier College) and Nova Scotia Eastern Institute of Technology (NSEIT) into a single post-secondary institution under an autonomous Board of Governors. The College paved the strong foundation for the University College of Cape Breton, the first university college of its kind in Canada, in 1982 and eventually Cape Breton University in 2005.

The story of CBU is a celebration of the history of our home and the trust that you, the people of Unama’ki – Cape Breton, have placed in us. We listened to what our Island told us it needed and dreamed of what we could be. As we grew, we recognized our role in impacting the communities around us, striving to reflect the diversity and heritage of the people who have made their home here. We could not have reached this milestone without you.

To our community, partners, donors, students, alumni and past and present employees – your support, dedication and contributions have been the foundation of our success and growth over the past five decades.

As we celebrate this milestone, we look to the next 50 years and beyond, envisioning a new dream with global scope and scale. With your continued support, we will achieve even greater heights. We are proud to share Unama’ki – Cape Breton with the world and thankful to have you be part of our past, our story and our future.


David C. Dingwall

President and Vice-Chancellor, Cape Breton University


To stay up to date on the 50th celebration, visit CBU.ca/50

Timeline graphic showing key moments in CBU history, including its founding as Xavier College in 1951, establishment as College of Cape Breton in 1974, name change to University College of Cape Breton in 1982, name change to Cape Breton University in 2005 and celebrating CBU's 50th anniversary in 2024.